SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Vicky Tadros

BA (Salford) MMus (SOAS)
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Vicky Tadros
Vicky Tadros
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Thesis title:
Listening, Khaleeji-Style
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Vicky is a current doctoral researcher working on 'Listening, Khaleeji-Style,' an exploration of music, power and geopolitics in the UAE and across the Gulf. She holds an MMus in Ethnomusicology from SOAS (University of London), where she wrote her dissertation on the same topic, and she has lived in the UAE for over twenty years. She also enjoys playing the kora and singing.

PhD Research

Contemporary life in the UAE is structured around the push and pull of contrasting core values, such as the sacred and the secular, and the traditional and the modern. My research addresses how these values underpin the way in which Gulf countries negotiate power and identity through their respective cultural industries. Importantly, through analysing contemporary Emirati music and listening practices, my research modernises the current musical scholarship pertaining to the Gulf, which has previously been concerned only with pre-oil Gulf culture.


  • 'Oh Sea, I Want to Ask You About My Distant Lover': Exploring Intimate Emirati Interactions with Nature Through Listening to Mehad Hamad, Middle East and Central Asian Music Forum, 29 November 2019
  • 'Car Counterprivates: Sounding Out a New Discursive Arena for Islamic Ethics within the United Arab Emirates', British Forum for Ethnomusicology and Société Française Ethnomusicologie Joint Autumn Conference, 31 October- 2 November 2019
  • ‘Negotiating the Private: Car Listening Culture and Emirati Values’, British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, 11-14 April, 2019 (Awarded BFE Student Prize).


  • British Forum for Ethnomusicology


Vicky is interested in the fields of Sound Studies and Soundscapes as theoretical bases for her research. She is also interested in the ethics of musical listening, primarily through an Islamic lens, and incorporates it into her work. 


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